UP TO 30 jobs could be cut from the Bendigo Australia Post sorting centre, according to Communications Workers Union Victorian secretary Joan Doyle.
Australia Post had said it may make “operational changes”, which the union said would result in local job losses and removal of same-day local delivery.
Ms Doyle said moving sorting facilities to Dandenong could result in 10 initial job losses and another 20 next year when changes were made to package delivery.
“They’ve highlighted that January is when they want to implement this,” Ms Doyle said.
“They’ve put a manager in charge of that process.
“We think it’s probably going to be 10 job losses this year and another 20 next year.
“We’re also waiting to find out if it will affect transport staff.”
The union has started a postcard campaign directed to Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull.
“We’ve written to all the politicians,” Ms Doyle said.
“We’ve got an obligation to protect our jobs and tell the public what Australia Post is up to.”
The Fair Work Commission was to hear a case between Australia Post and the union at 4pm Monday which was closed to the public.
Ms Doyle said Australia Post was concerned by the union’s handling of the matter.
An Australia Post spokeswoman last month accused the union of making misleading statements.
She told the Bendigo Advertiser staff would not be forced to take redundancies.
“Our first priority is to retrain and redeploy our people and certainly no one is going to be forced to take a redundancy if they want to continue working for Post,” the spokeswoman said.
Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters had said moving mail sorting to Dandenong did not make sense and said job losses would affect the entire community.
A meeting between the company and the union is scheduled for Thursday.
Five Victorian regions are said to be affected.